Book Launch: Earl Brechlin “Return to Moose River” on Thurs., June 7

For more than forty years, Earl Brechlin has taken to the woods and the rivers of the Great North Woods of Maine, exploring Baxter State Park, the East Branch of the Penobscot, and the Appalachian Trail. Now, in his new book “Return to Moose River: In Search of the Spirit of the Great North Woods” he explores the wonders, history and traditions of this special part of Maine.

The Jesup Memorial Library is hosting the launch of “Return to Moose River” with an author talk and book signing on Thursday, June 7 at 7 p.m.

In this series of interconnected essays Brechlin recounts the annual canoe trips to the North Maine Woods he has made with a small group of friends, the Moose River Boys, closing with the death of his twin brother and the group’s last trip to spread his brother’s ashes in the place he loved best. Brechlin also explores the spiritual connection that many have with the natural world while weaving in tidbits of history, woods lore and advice.

Brechlin is the communications director at Friends of Acadia, where he is the editor of FOA’s print and online publications. He has been writing and taking photographs on Mount Desert Island and in Maine for more than 35 years. A Registered Maine Guide, he is the author of Maine and New England history books. He served as editor of the Bar Harbor Times, the MDI Editor of The Ellsworth American, and was the founding editor of the award-winning Mount Desert Islander. For a time, he owned and operated a bookstore dedicated to Maine writers. He and his wife Roxie, a retired kindergarten teacher, live on the edge of Acadia National Park in Bar Harbor.

Books will be on sale that night courtesy of Sherman’s Books. For more information on Brechlin visit and for more information on the talk contact the Jesup at 207-288-4245 or